Small U.S. ex-gay non-profit organizations will start to lose their non-profit status next year under new federal regulations that require all organizations to file with the Internal Revenue Service — no matter how small the organization’s budget is.
Ex-gay organizations such as Corduroy Stone in Lansing, His Way Out Ministries in Bakersfield, Life+Guard Ministries in Austin, and Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays have until now straddled a line which enabled them to avoid filing in years when their annual budget fell below $25,000.
Now, these outfits will have to file regardless. Activists who for years have treated their non-profit as an afterthought or a hobby face administrative hassles, as well as exposure of their donors and leadership — or lack thereof. It is likely that some simply won’t bother to maintain their non-profit status.
It will be interesting to see how many of Exodus’ local activists survive IRS efforts to prune non-compliant and closed organizations.